Is the 1200 LTD and SEI Too Old?


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Is the 1200 LTD and SEI Too Old?

Postby fastf » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:07 am



I was told the 1200 LTD I own was too old .So I sat down and how can you call something too old? When these bikes were built the SEI and the LTD they were way ahead of their times and yes todays standards they are to some .With the analog computer and antique fuel injection and it doesn't have mp3 and GPS and air bag like the new Goldwings .But these old bikes have a pesonality of their own believe me until you have owned one you just don't know what I am talking about.When these bikes were built they were Hondas flag ship if you look at what they cost back in the mid 80's expensive for the farm boys check.But like todays Goldwing people have to have it so they can say look at me I have the coolest or I look so cool on this bike.Heck these bikes are nearly 30 years old and they are still cool and I ain't the best looking guy on the bike but i'm cool.How many bikes have suvived almost 30 years and still be running? With people like you people and I that own these bike want to keep them running for years to come.I want to lay to rest a few things parts are still availble for these old bikes some new and some used and some you have to use your thinking cap to make work.But you can make things work just use your mind and post it on Goldwingdocs.Yes they have issues with stators,rectifier,corroded plugs and such but if you have the mechanical knowledge you will find out that you have a very good bike the engines are a powerhouse and pull like a train they have a sound like a grunt when they are own a hill.These bikes aren't no slouch neather.With the 1200 LTD there were only just over 5,000 built and don't how many SEI were built but with people scraping them and selling the parts on Ebay and salvage yards the bikes are only going to become rare in numbers and price of these bikes are only going to go up just wait and see.So if own one of these fine machines kinda let people know in the forum how much you enjoy the old girls and how cool they are and cool these old girls make you feel when you ride her.Take care and May God Bless you when you ride.



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Re: Is the 1200 LTD and SEI Too Old?

Postby fire55r1 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:09 am

Amen bro I ride a 1987 1200...

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Re: Is the 1200 LTD and SEI Too Old?

Postby WA9FWT » Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:28 am

fire55r1 wrote:Amen bro I ride a 1987 1200...

AMEN also . Don't for get to send us all some pictures of your new ride Allan.

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Re: Is the 1200 LTD and SEI Too Old?

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:23 pm

Too old is when it cannot possibly be made to run.
I took my 84 to the car/bike show,didn't win a award ( I was the only non-harley) ,but one judge mentioned that people buy the Wings to ride....and while looking at the line up of chrome harleys....he said...after riding,they work on them.

When I left,the rear tire broke traction at 25mph on straight dry pavement when the 92hp engine started to pull the G's.
The harleys never stood a chance.All they saw was tail lights. :D
If it runs and stops....I'll ride it...

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Re: Is the 1200 LTD and SEI Too Old?

Postby fastf » Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:31 pm

The person who told me my bike was too old loves Harleys.I would like a stock Harley come up against the old girl. I will blow the screws off of it.

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Re: Is the 1200 LTD and SEI Too Old?

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:45 pm

And that usually isn't hard.....many of them forget to put locktight on them.They vibrate right off. :)
Hence the name...Milwaukee vibrator :roll:

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Re: Is the 1200 LTD and SEI Too Old?

Postby fastf » Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:00 pm

They are the only bike that will shake apart sitting at a red light or look like they are.What it is with all that noise I don't want someone know I'm comming two miles away.

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Re: Is the 1200 LTD and SEI Too Old?

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:24 pm

But it's a.... Harley...
All jousting aside.....A ride is a ride.....
I just prefer a quiet smooth one on a nice long run through a country road listning to Country.
I don't need to impress anybody and loud pipes don't save lives...Good defensive driving does.

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Re: Is the 1200 LTD and SEI Too Old?

Postby WA9FWT » Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:42 pm

virgilmobile wrote:But it's a.... Harley...
All jousting aside.....A ride is a ride.....
I just prefer a quiet smooth one on a nice long run through a country road listning to Country.
I don't need to impress anybody and loud pipes don't save lives...Good defensive driving does.


I agree with riding and quietness is the way to ride.At one point in my life when I was 50 years younger
the noise from a harley or any other kind of bike didn't bother me.But now that I have a few years on me, ( 73 ) and I get along side a noisy bike,I pull away.How ever when a Harley is about to pass for some reason, I do like the noise warning that lets me know he is comming. I also can say I have talked to Harley riders,and they have said the loud pipes have saved there butt at times. Was looking out the window this morning,and a shadow caught my eye going down the street.I looked again and it wasn't a Harley but two-up Goldwing-NO noise!
Temp is 38 F here on the lake shore.

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Re: Is the 1200 LTD and SEI Too Old?

Postby fastf » Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:43 pm

I guess i'm geting old just turned 60 but even when a was a youngun of 59 just didn't care for all that noise.If you love a Harley that's ok but I have see old Harley's too.The only thing that Harley has over Honda a parts bid of aftermarket parts and stock parts.Also Harley has been around for over 100 years technology hasn't changed much on a Honda Goldwing it is constantly changing just look at the 1000-1800 you will see alot of changes.

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Re: Is the 1200 LTD and SEI Too Old?

Postby riffraff » Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:06 am

Too old for what? I'm riding an 83 1100 that's just getting broken in, with just over 60K on it now. :lol:

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Re: Is the 1200 LTD and SEI Too Old?

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:26 am

Fastf, good words man...You sound proud, and you should be.. Too old...?? Never.. :D

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Re: Is the 1200 LTD and SEI Too Old?

Postby fastf » Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:27 pm

Let me know how many Goldwing owners have over 150-300 thousand miles on them .The people that I know and have seen some where around in the 60 thousand mile range on a Harley are going to have to go inside the engine Goldwings you don't.

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Re: Is the 1200 LTD and SEI Too Old?

Postby twostrokes48 » Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:32 am

I would say the engine (if serviced) is the very last thing to go on a goldwing. The plastics and electronics are the issues with older wings, especially if they spent time parked outside the garage for any length of time. The environment is the worst killer of abused wings. Keep the serviced, wash them once in awhile and park them out of the elements and they should last at least 50 years is my guess. I loved my 84 1200, but couldn't justify two wings. So after getting the 1500, (for the reverse), the 1200 had to go. Now if they could just shave a couple hundred lbs off these beasts without getting rid of anything...




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